Merrick Alpert, the Mystic businessman seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, sent out rubber chickens and a tongue-and-cheek message to a handful of reporters Friday.

The message reads as follows:

Hi, I’m Chicken Dick

I’m afraid to debate Merrick Alpert again because he really cooked my goose the first time.

He is young and bold, and takes clear positions on issues like job creation, health care, clean government, and Afghanistan. My positions aren’t clear because I believe in incrementalism; in small steps that don’t ruffle feathers. On the other hand, I love to sue Connecticut businesses.

Please help me hide—don’t make me debate again.

Your Frightened Friend,
Chicken Dick

P.S. Did I mention that my lawsuits create jobs?

Blumenthal’s campaign spokeswoman Maura Downes called the attempt desperate.

“I’m sure he’s going to try anything he can to get his name in the newspaper, but if he wants to be taken seriously by Democrats and avoid the label of ‘fringe candidate,’ he may want to spend more time putting forward his own qualifications and platform and less time attacking his opponents,” Downes said.

In this week’s Quinnipiac University poll Blumenthal trampled Alpert in the Democratic primary 81 to 6 percent. The poll also found that 93 percent of the voters polled don’t know enough about Alpert to form an opinion.